Fourteen Books of Accessions

Pages from accession book
Following the 1906 fire that destroyed the University of Idaho Adminstration Building and the library held within, M. Belle Sweet worked on rebuilding the young school’s collection of books. The first professional librarian hired by the university, Sweet had been on the job about 15 months when she faced the... [Read More]

Senator James McClure Collection

Photograph of Sentaor James A. McClure
One of the largest single collections in the University of Idaho Library’s Special Collections and Archives is the James A. McClure papers. The documents relate to McClure’s distinguished career as a politician, beginning with three terms in the Idaho House of Representatives, followed by six years representing Idaho in the... [Read More]

Hats Off to Our Graduates!

Graduates at commencement
Spring commencement is fast approaching, a special gathering for members of our University of Idaho community before they head off on their next adventure as alumni. The university graduation ceremony is a tradition that harkens back to 12th century European universities. The robe, hood, and cap, known collectively as regalia,... [Read More]

Check It Out--The Main Street Video Co-op Digital Collection

Spoofs Collection
As much as I hate to admit it, I am now old enough to nostalgically reflect on the things “kids these days” know nothing about. Dial-up internet, using a friend’s landline to call home, and waiting for the weekly installment of ABC’s TGIF programming all built character and patience. A... [Read More]

Nell Shipman's Grubstake

Nell Shipman feeding a bear
One of the many characters who inhabit the collections found at the U of I Library’s Special Collections and Archives is writer, film producer, and actor Nell Shipman. She started her production company, Nell Shipman Productions, in California to make her own way in the film industry and eventually moved... [Read More]